Japanese luxury carmaker Lexus has revealed the all-new LS premium sedan, sure to be a hit in white across the region…
Chief engineer of the new Lexus LS 500h Toshio Asahi puts it like this: “Rather than being bound by the conventions that had defined luxury cars in the past, we aimed to create a car with innovative, emotional and sensual appeal that would draw customers’ eyes away from other luxury cars…”
With that grille they’ll look away from something, all right. Apart from the overwrought grin Lexus keeps slapping on everything for attention, the new 2018 LS 500h brand flagship looks okay, especially once you get inside.
Just revealed at the Geneva motor show, the Lexus really shines inside with sliced different coloured wood trim with natural open-pore graining, hand-pleated leather, and decorative glass interior panels hand-carved by Japanese Takumi master craftsmen. Yes, a glass dash. You’ll look…
Built on the company’s new GA-L platform (Global Architecture – Luxury, the platform that debuted with the LC 500 coupé), the latest LS drops its centre of gravity and optimises weight distribution, with a full hybrid powertrain featuring a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 and two electric motors delivering 354bhp for a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds. Unfortunately Lexus says this LS is fitted with a CVT-type transmission “that delivers the feel of driving with a 10-speed gearbox.”
Compared to the current LS 600h, the new LS 500h has a 20 percent smaller yet stronger lithium-ion battery pack, and comes in significantly longer, but lower and wider than the car it’s replacing, looking spot-on proportionally riding on optional 20in wheels. In fact the wheelbase of the new LS is 1.3in longer than the current long-wheelbase LS 600h L model so you won’t be short on space.
The new Lexus flagship limo is going on sale as a 2018 model later this year, finally replacing the dated current model that’s been plodding along for the last decade. And don’t worry, you can get it in white.